Empower club officers to lead with gusto by scheduling “Let’s Make a Difference, Club Officers” training. Rethink the traditional lecture-style presentation. Instead, lead an interactive session using the ideas below. Find the fun in what you’re planning. Your positive energy will spread — and officers will be pumped about participating!
- First, pick a fun meeting theme (like “Be Extraordinary” or “Do Great Things”) that will inspire your officers. Use it for meeting invitations, decorations and recognition gifts.
- Create a playlist of energizing music to play throughout the meeting.
- Give club officers a rest to reboot their thinking. Select exercises like icebreakers or teambuilders.
- Provide easels and markers for officers to use as they discuss and record meeting expectations and notes.
- Create a talking stick and use it to share if officers aren’t taking turns.
- Provide snacks that feed the brain. For example, nuts, trail mix and dark chocolate are low in sugar and high in protein.
Not sure what topics to cover during training? Check out the sample club officer training agenda below, with links to online resources. Decide which of the items you will cover during the training session and whether officers can review. other items at home. You can create club officer binders or share information digitally.
Club officer training agenda
- Help officers get to know one another by conducting icebreakers and teambuilders.
- Educate officers about Builders Club and the Kiwanis family; watch the Introduction to the Builders Club video and short videos about K-Kids and Key Club.
- Explain what a club meeting looks like by reviewing sample club meeting agendas in the Member and Officer Toolkit.
- Explain how to use parliamentary procedure, so everyone participating in a meeting has a chance to speak.
- Review ways to address community needs in the Builders Club Service Toolkit to help officers understand hands-on service, advocacy, fundraising and donating. Also review Service Meeting Kits.
- Ask officers to share their thoughts about what it means to be a great leader.
- Review the responsibilities of each officer in the Member and Officer Toolkit.
- Review the Member and Officer Toolkit and complete worksheets to help officers identify strengths.
- Review the Builders Club Service Toolkit and the IDEA framework for high-impact service projects.
- Set club goals for the year.
- Review criteria for club awards and recognition. Which club officer will share this topic with the club?